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Proper meaning

proper - 9 dictionary results

  1. 1. Belonging to one; one's own; individual.
  2. 2. Belonging to the natural or essential constitution; peculiar; not common; particular; as, every animal has his proper instincts and appetites.
  3. 3. Befitting one's nature, qualities, etc.; suitable in all respect; appropriate; right; fit; decent; as, water is the proper element for fish; a proper dress.
  4. 4. Becoming in appearance; well formed; handsome.
  5. 5. Pertaining to one of a species, but not common to the whole; not appellative; -- opposed to common; as, a proper name; Dublin is the proper name of a city.
  6. 6. Rightly so called; strictly considered; as, Greece proper; the garden proper.
  7. 7. Represented in its natural color; -- said of any object used as a charge.
  8. 8. Properly; hence, to a great degree; very; as, proper good.
  9. 9. One's own; fit; correct; belonging.

proper - examples of usage

  1. All in proper time. - "The Crisis, Volume 6", Winston Churchill.
  2. She must have a proper house. - "The Beautiful Wretch; The Pupil of Aurelius; and The Four Macnicols", William Black.
  3. There don't seem to be no way of gettin' a proper hexplanation to it. - "The Ghost Pirates", William Hope Hodgson.
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